Beyonce pays tribute to Nelson Mandela at Global Citizen Festival

Howard TerryDec 06, 2018

South Africa's police minister defended officers on Monday after revellers at a weekend concert dedicated to Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg headlined by Beyonce endured chaos and robberies following the event.

While the majority got home safely afterwards, others were targeted by thieves as they left the stadium.

The concert featured performances by Pharrell, Ed Sheeran, Kacey Musgraves, Chris Martin, Usher, Wizkid, plus Beyoncé and JAY-Z.

With an aim to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030, the Global Citizen initiative has staged events in other world cities including London, Brussels, and NY.

The concert that was organised in honour of Nelson Mandela's 100 years and was being streamed live online.

"The criminals were basically having a field day", said Zikhona Tshona, a reporter for the South African news organisation eNCA.

He said there was a stampede when someone pulled out a gun.

The organisers of the Global Citizen Festival have insisted that the safety of guests was "always of paramount importance" after scores of people were attacked outside the stadium on Sunday, December 2.

It said it was "saddened to hear the challenges people had while leaving the venue".

To honor the memory of a fighter for human rights, who is 27 years spent in prison for his position, brought thousands of citizens of different countries of the world, including Oprah Winfrey, Naomi Campbell, Beyonce, Jay-Z and other famous people. Cele said police had one case number for a stolen cellphone, but said that no other cases had been opened.

"We are here to act in one voice", said Ramaphosa. He was South Africa's first black president and a global inspiration.

Also in 2013, thieves made off with cash takings at the stadium after a Justin Bieber concert.

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